Category: Winged Victory

Dive Into Dry-July

Australia’s Dry July will be starting soon and it’s a great time for “sober curious” people to dip their toes in the pool. I’ve read some interesting critiques of the Dry July and Ocsober initiatives. It’s been said that paying people pledge money to take a month off alcohol encourages us to glorify drinking and

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The Beauty of Life Alcohol-Free

The other a day a friend told me that when she was young she drank to magnify the beauty of life . That really struck me because that is exactly what I thought when I was young. When I drank with friends and with lovers, long before I really became addicted and drank just to

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A Burning Desire

I have always loved a raging fire. Bonfires, beach fires, fires in the fireplace, candle flames… I find flames hypnotic and inspiring. Fire is visual music to me. In Portugal, forest fires are part of the late summer landscape. Sometimes a carelessly thrown cigarette butt will light up a eucalyptus grove and sometimes the fires

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Selling the Possibility of Loving Life Sober

Drinking alcohol has been sold to most of us as the elixir of life since we were young children. I remember as a child listening to the grownups downstairs having a GREAT NOISY TIME while I went reluctantly up to bed.

The Seductive Allure of Lying about Addiction

When I was pregnant I did not drink a drop but I did continue to smoke a bit. I had learned that alcohol could hinder brain developemnet in utero and there was no way I would take the chance of getting my babies drunk. I managed however, to talk myself into believing that three cigarettes

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